JASPER, Ga. (ABC NEWS) — A Georgia teenager allegedly attempted to hire an undercover officer as a hit man to kill two classmates, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
The Pickens High School student, identified by authorities as 17-year-old Morgan Miles Morris, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged as an adult with criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release posted to Facebook.
After receiving a tip that Morris was allegedly attempting to hire a hit man, the sheriff’s office said it “arranged for undercover law enforcement officers to meet with Morris.”
The boy allegedly offered an undercover officer $12,000 to kill two students at his high school, according to Capt. Kris Stancil, public information officer for Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
Morris also offered to go along with the undercover agent at one point and talked about shooting the two students, Stancil told ABC News today.
Authorities did not say when the meeting took place.
Morris was still in custody as of today, and a magistrate judge denied him bond during his first appearance hearing, Stancil said.
The teen has not yet entered a plea but has obtained an attorney, Stancil said. But he said he did not immediately have the name of Morris’ attorney or contact information on hand.
A spokeswoman for Pickens County’s Clerk of the Superior and Juvenile Courts today referred ABC News today to the county’s Magistrate Court clerk when asked for information about Morris’ attorney.
ABC News was not immediately successful in reaching the county’s Magistrate Court Clerk for information.